Startup Weekend Belgo-French (Lille)

    Friday, September 14 - 16, 2018

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Startup Weekend Belgo-French (Lille)

Friday, September 14 - 16, 2018

Friday, September 14 - 16, 2018
Event starts at 6:00 pm

CCI Grand Lille
40 Place du Théatre
Lille, France 59000

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Let's learn with your neighbours !!

Do you have a business idea with an international dimension ?

Are you familiar with intercultural benefits ?

Would you like to meet your neighbours and launch an exciting project together ?

Then grab your ticket to the Belgo-French Startup Weekend TODAY !
The goal is to work out a complete startup idea and examine its marketability and feasibility. Ideally you are ready to get your idea on the road right after Startup Weekend Belgo-French. The event’s culmination is on Sunday evening, when all teams present their results in front of a jury of local entrepreneurial leaders. Whether entrepreneurs start companies, find cofounders, meet exciting new network contacts, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5 job routine, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups. If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now for the best weekend of your life !

Everyone is welcome ! Never mind if you are a business specialist, designer, developer, student, founder or founder to be ! All teams will have the opportunity to work and pitch in English. Intrapreneurship is welcome ! You are a company or a partner and you want to register a team ? It is now possible !

There's just one requirement
 : all participants should have the same initial conditions. Therefore, the only restriction is that you are not already working on your business (research for the pitch preparation does not fall under this rule).

Why a Franco-Belgian SW ? 
In a global environment we believe that projects should face intercultural challenges from the earliest stages of conception and design. There is no better way to test and validate a business idea than collaborating with different people from different backgrounds.
Our devoted and passionate mentors all have an international background to help the teams address this specific issue. We expect teams to be as mixed as possible and hope this edition will be the first of many to come !

What you can expect ?
All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model : anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54-hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of Belgian and French entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback. 

There are many awards and business opportunities for the teams :
    • Professional coaching with international experts
    • International exposure and press release
    • Many gifts and surprises for the winners and the participants
Registration for the event is brought to you by EventbriteThe registration fee includes : 
    • 3 day supply with food 
    • free drinks all the time 
    • flipcharts, paper, pens, etc.
Can I stay in Lille for the night ? We set up a dedicated facebook group where French participants can propose a room and Belgian ones ask for one. Let's welcome your neighbour !

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Friday September 14th

6:00 pm
Welcoming participants
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

6:45 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

7:30 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:40 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

8:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:00 pm
Form Teams and begin work
Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

11:50 pm
Closing doors
Closing of the building at 00:30. Have a good night !

Saturday September 15th

8:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

8:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed ans setting up worskpace for the weekend

10:30 am
Coach meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help !

12:30 pm

2:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

7:00 pm

11:55 pm
Closing doors
Closing of the building at 02:00. Have a good night !

Sunday September 16th

8:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

8:30 am
Working hard

12:00 pm

12:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS

3:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Deliberation of the jury
Be patient !

8:00 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm
Dinner & networking
Petits-four, soft drinks and cocktails for a happy end !

11:30 pm
Go Home !

Coaches and Mentors

Martin Pennel
NCI Directeur du bureau de Lille

Martin has launched and manages NCI’s Lille office, a VC and accelerator company focused on early-stage start-up, through a dedicated service called Waterstart (12 years of experience and more than 50 start-up supported). He had previously developed Aliud, a strategy consulting subsidiary of NCI focused on start-up and SMEs. He will help you on business modelling and sales development issues (acquisition, LTV, …), as well as pitch reinforcement. Enthusiastic and passionate, he looks forward to support you during the week-end.

François-René Letourneur
Executive Chairman of Finovam Gestion

François-René LETOURNEUR graduated from ENSTA and holds an Executive MBA from HEC. He started his career with IBM, FRANCE TELECOM and INTELSAT and has an extensive knowledge in IT.   He turned to the world of venture capitalism when he joined I-Source Gestion as Partner in 2001. There, he founded T-Source, an early stage fund specialized in telecommunication technology and services. He invested in high growth companies such as SCREENTONIC (acquired by MICROSOFT), LET IT WAVE (acquired by ZORAN CORPORATION) and SEQUANS (IPO NYSE).  Since 2015 he is Executive Chairman of Finovam Gestion, the leading regional early stage investment company with more than 30 companies in portfolio and offices in Lille, Amiens and Metz.   Passionate about technology, business and strategy, François-René loves advising and financing early stage success stories. 

Adrien Fatibene
Principal @Finovam Gestion

Coming from a family of entrepreneurs, Adrien has worked on over 500 start-up projects during the last 7 years. He holds a master of science in finance from the FFBC as well as a diploma in entrepreneurship from the EM Lyon Business School.
He was in charge of the early stage fund set up by the Agence Régionale d’innovation (NFID), where he helped and financed over a 100 startup projects. After his stay at NFID, he joined Euratechnologies as a startup manager and created the “Start” program that has since become the trademark of the renowned incubator.
  Friendly and accessible, he has developed a true expertise in the analysis of early stage projects and knows what it takes to build a start-up.

Johan Cnossen
Principal VC @ NCI

Passionate about innovation, Johan Cnossen has joined the NCI’s team in april 2018. He has been previously working at Siparex for 4 years and has been involved in more than 20 operations.
Enthusiastic and downright, he likes to brainstorm about disruption. He will help you to dismantle and to rebuild your economic model. During his free time, he likes to practise kitesurf and play squash.

Sébastien Doyen
Internet Entrepreneur & e-Commerce Passionate

Specialities: Fundraising M&A Change management Business Development Global Online Marketing Usability & Information Design Conversion & Persuasion Marketing Start-up founder & coach Entrepreneurial spirit who turns Innovative Ideas into successful companies

Thierry Huart-Eeckhoudt

Entrepreneur | Investment Manager | Startup enthusiast

Hussain Sheikh
CFO - Link Gestion

Hussain works with startups for more than 7 years as CFO and in their fundraising. He can help in development strategy, the financial assumptions and identifying key partners.

Paul Grégoire
Avocat – Responsable Nord de France EY VENTURY

9 years-experienced lawyer, Paul graduated from Panthéon-Assas University in Paris and has been advising entrepreneurs and start-up founders for 9 years in Lille (at Bignon Lebray & Associés law firm and at EY Société d’Avocats). Since July 2018, Paul leads EY VENTURY’s Lille office, a law firm whose practice focuses on advising start-up founders (corporate law, funds raising…). EY VENTURY has 7 offices in France, currently works along side 400 start-up and is been involved in about 70 funds raising per year.

Frédéric Blin
Responsable incubateur accélérateur Plaine Images

Manager for incubation & acceleration programs at Plaine Images

Franck Biehler
Responsable Accompagnement des Startups chez Village by CA Nord de France

Startup enthusiast

Justine Soto
Chef de projet web mobile chez Crédit Agricole Nord de France

Startup enthusiast 

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Belgo-French (Lille) team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
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Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Lille is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Edwige
  • Muriel
  • Lucie
  • Helene
  • Nathanaël
  • Marine


Damien Cavailles
Founder -

I'm a developer and an entrepreneur. I founded to help developers find a company they will love to work at.
"Startup Weekend changed my life. I became a SW Facilitator to help others change theirs" - Nick Stevens said that, and I would love to make it mine 🙂

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